The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley is living in contented retirement at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to communist Russia. Cut to 1938, Joan is a physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich and begins to see the world in a new light. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? Joan must choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.
The Hummingbird Project – 23 May
Directed By Kim Nguyen
In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of high-frequency trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fibre-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. Their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them.
Doc Edge Festival
30 May – 9 June 2019, Q Theatre, Ellen Melville Centre and Auckland Art Gallery
Directed By Gary Keane & Andrew McConnell
It’s hard to imagine anybody living a normal life in the Gaza Strip, a coastal area measuring just 40 kilometres by 10, home to two million. But what do the people do when they’re not under siege? Gaza cannot be understood in a purely political context or by analysing tragic sound bites during conflict. It can only be comprehended by immersion, by recognising and exploring its rich social diversity and cultural subtleties.
More Human Than Human
Directed By Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting
What does it mean to live in the age of intelligent machines? In this playful quest, Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting find out how creativity and human values are at stake as Pallotta builds a robot to replace himself as a filmmaker. More than just an exposé on the pros and cons of new technology, the filmmakers dig deeper, and confront the world’s leading AI experts and robot pioneers with existential questions.
Directed by Heddy Honigmann
In this poignant and carefully composed portrait of six guide dogs and their owners, Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. Honigmann questions the owners in her characteristic way—respectfully and with genuine concern rooted in a deep trust—about what the animals mean to them. Buddy is an ode to the fighting spirit of the main characters and a loving portrait of the deep bond between man and dog.
The Heart Dances
Directed by Rebecca Tansley
The journey of The Piano the ballet gives the viewer a powerful and privileged insight behind the scenes when celebrated Czech choreographer Jirí Bubenícek and his production designer brother Otto. The company works to bring this memorable story to the stage, where aspects of the film that inspired the ballet continue to be played out – old world versus new, new relationships, new challenges – while Jirí and Otto discover the responsibilities of storytelling in dance are more complex than they ever imagined.